World Visioning Space – The Journey


World Visioning Space - The Journey 

Almost 20 years in the making, the dream has been to create a sacred space which helps everyone find inner peace. This space would also be a meeting hall to be be used to promote inter-religious understanding and respect for human rights and equality, leading us to celebrate the differences between us.

In 1998, the sacred space is first conceived when visiting Toronto, with just a few basic ideas about it’s purpose and architecture.

In 2011, the early concept design for ‘Visioning Space’ is developed. Over the next three years, it is worked on from time to time.

In 2014, it becomes clear that to become reality, much more time is to be concentrated on ‘Visioning Space’, to further develop the concept. More sketches are made, to prepare for a public presentation. Research at this time confirms that to best fulfil its purpose, it should be built in Toronto, Ontario.

In April 2015, the first public presentation is made, in Perth, Scotland. The concept is well received and creates much interest. Two visits to Toronto follow, in July and October.

In 2016, visiting Toronto becomes more frequent, to make contact with people who are enthusiastic about the vision, spread the word about the project and look for a site in Toronto. Each trip is more successful than the previous one. Many insights are gained, one of which is the realisation that the project has worldwide significance, and is now called ‘World Visioning Space’.

Visioning Space Sketch Elevation © Harman Scott
Colour Sketch © Harman Scott

During 2015 and 2016, the proposal is presented to over 200 people in North America and Europe. In Toronto itself, it is seen by many individuals,  representatives of religious, interfaith and spiritual organisations, plus several representatives of the Ontario Province and Toronto City Council. Strong interest is gathering.

A strategic plan is evolving.

In 2017, visits are in March and September. The project upfolds. Watch this space!

Experience so far shows that images and description of the sanctuary resonate in an extraordinary way with many people, of all backgrounds. Doors are open for it. Grateful thanks is given to everyone who has been very generous with their time and energy in suggesting ways to take it forward, and working for its success.

You are welcome to give your opinion on the ‘World Visioning Space’ and how this project is achieved. This gives an opportunity to explain an aspect in more detail, or seek answers.

Do you know anyone who would like to help bring this project into reality? Please pass this website on to them or contact Harman Scott

Visioning Space, in a city setting © Harman Scott

Public square - Healing gardens - Water is important © Harman Scott

WVS in an evening setting © Harman Scott

A Special Thank You To...

Grateful thanks to all my family, friends and new friends I have made through this project, who have generously given their support and advice on ‘World Visioning Space – Toronto’ project, with special mentions for extraordinary practical support to:

  • Mirabelle Viviana Scott, Jessica Scott, Website content editing and presentation, Perth, Scotland and Manchester, England
  • Jessica Scott, Wayne Tierney (Wodehouse IT), Website design, Manchester & Stockport, England.
  • Janet Macdonald, Project personal coach, Alyth, Scotland.
  • Conrad Aldridge, Enterprise Consultant, West Yorkshire, England.
  • Gordon Campbell, Hosting to Harman Scott in Toronto and mentor, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Sid Ikeda, Project promoter, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Graham Innes, Helen Warburton, 'Let's Network' Scotland, Perth, Scotland.
  • Nicholas Scott, Fenella Nkansah, Computer images, Manchester, England and Dundee, Scotland.

And new friends I have met on my journey in USA, Canada and UK in 2015 and 2016, who have supported the vision and been generous with their time, enthusiasm, advice and insights, and referred me to others to contact:

  • Mathew Templar, Mark Maguire: Toronto.
  • David Leslie, Executive Director of the Rothko Chapel, Houston, Texas.
  • Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, General Secretary, The Canadian Council of Churches, Toronto.
  • Rev. Dr. John Joseph Mastandrea, United Metropolitan Church, Toronto.
  • Rev. Malcolm Sinclair, United Metropolitan Church, Toronto.
  • Andrea Chrisjohn, Board Designate, Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre, Toronto.
  • Zita Prashad, Manager, Multifaith Centre, University of Toronto.
  • Rev. Wayne Walder, Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Toronto.
  • Members of Toronto Area Interfaith Council, met on 15 September, 2016.
  • Deborah Longwell, Toronto.
  • Tim Mcfarlane, Glass Structures Engineer, London, England.
  • Delia Whitbread, Stained Glass Artist, Bristol, England.
  • Rev. Rose Ann Vita, Promoter of World Centre for Interspirituality and Ecology, Toronto.
  • Greg Pennoyer, Program Director, ‘Faith in Canada 150’, Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Barbara Boraks, CEO of Christian Jewish Dialogue, and project manager for charitable projects.
  • Fr. Damien McPherson, Franciscan friar, Director of Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs for the Archdiocese of Toronto.
  • Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.
  • Rob Oliphant, MP for Don Valley West, Ontario.
  • Neil Coburn, Assistant Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • Lindsay Jones, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
  • Eriks Eglite, General Manager, ‘Ontario Place’, Toronto.
  • John Voorpostel, World Interfaith Harmony Week Toronto Steering Committee, and accountant.
  • Anita Bromberg, Executive Director, Candian Race Relations Foundation, Toronto.
  • Bill Petruck, President and CEO of Fundraiser ‘Funding Matters inc’.
  • Paul McKenna, Interfaith Office, Scarboro Mission, Toronto.
  • Jin Chung, Video Producer, Toronto.